[ dee-vur-buh-tiv ]
/ diˈvɜr bə tɪv /


(especially of nouns) derived from a verb, as the noun driver from the verb drive.
indicating derivation from a verb, as the suffix -er in driver or -ment in development.


a deverbative word.

Nearby words

  1. developmental psychology,
  2. developmentalist,
  3. developpé,
  4. deventer,
  5. deverbal,
  6. devereux,
  7. devereux, robert,
  8. devers,
  9. devest,
  10. devi

Origin of deverbative

1910–15; de- + verb + -ative, by analogy with denominative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019